Our knees play a vital role in daily life. They are used for many sports and daily activities. Through overuse and overtime, by way of injury or arthritis our knees can begin to wear out. If pain has begun to interfere with your daily activities you need relief.
Initial signs that a knee joint may be wearing out are pain and stiffness as the cartilage in the joint deteriorates. The symptoms may include aching followed by periods of relief, pain after use, stiffness after rest, disturbed sleep, and in increase in discomfort when the weather is humid.
We can help with treatment options through non-operative and operative techniques. Non-operative treatments include oral anti-inflammatories, injections, physical therapy and bracing. If pain still exists after a non-operative approach, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery, called arthroplasty.
During your surgery the orthopedic surgeon will remove the damaged bone and cartilage, replacing them with an artificial joint. The new joint will mimic your knee’s natural ability to glide as you bend. Because of to the high success rate the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that in recent years there has been a 120% increase in total knee replacements and they last 20 years.
To discuss your options, please schedule an appointment with a primary care provider or a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon at (970) 731-3700.